Seek God out and in His ways He will guide you.
97. Seek God out. We are to seek out God during the days of our lives on this earth and God will, in turn, open up His mighty hands and, in His own way, guide us towards Him: Judaism: Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from thence thou shalt seek The LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” 1 Chronicles 28:9 “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for The LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever.” Christianity: Acts 17:27 “They should seek The Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us:” 17:28 “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
BABI RELIGION: “Has not God revealed in His Book: ‘Whoso maketh efforts for Us, in Our ways will We guide them?”’
The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 47)
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 29)
Islam: “The Prophet said, ‘Allah says:’ ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’” (Hadith, Bukhari Vol 9, Book 93, # 502)
Zoroastrianism: “Who is The Victorious who will protect Thy teaching?” (Then) “make it clear, I am The Guide for both worlds.” 6:61 “Even when you should move (forward) three steps towards Religion, (I) shall come forward a thousand steps to meet,” thee.
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Vendidad and Denkard)
HINDUISM: 9. “Set your faith fast on Me! Fix heart and thought on Me! Adore Me! Bring Offerings to Me! Make Me prostrations! Make Me your super most joy! and, undivided, Unto My rest your spirits shall be guided.” “For he that laboureth right for love of Me Shall finally attain!”
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapters 9 and 12)
BUDDHISM: 17. “Overcome anger by love; overcome wrong by good; overcome the miserly by generosity, and the liar by truth. Speak the truth; do not yield to anger; give even if asked for a little. These three steps lead you to the gods, (God, Brahma).” “Of all that is created, you know the Uncreated, Holy One.” Seek Him with all thy heart and He, in His ways, will guide you.
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))
SABEANISM: “Those who seek of Him find, and to those who ask of Him it will be given. For to him that standeth at a closed door Thou wilt open the closed door. In the Place of Light Thou wilt wipe away and remove from us our sins, trespasses, follies, stumblings and mistakes and wilt cast them into the hells of the earth and the nethermost limbos of darkness. Thou wilt raise us up as sinless and not as guilty, as virtuous and not as vicious before thee, Manda-d-Hiia. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 35)
Sabeanism: “We have sought and found and we have spoken and been heard in Thy presence, Manda-d-Hiia, Lord of Healings.” “Those who seek of Him find, and to those who ask of Him it will be given. For to him that standeth at a closed door Thou wilt open the closed door.” “Those who seek from Him shall find, and to those who ask of Him It will be given.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- Chapters 33, 35 and 76)
Sabeanism: “Good is the Good for the good, and His nature is set upon those who love His name. We will seek and find, speak and be heard. We have sought and found, have spoken and been heard in Thy presence, my lord, Manda-d-Hiia!” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba – chapter 72)
Sabeanism: “Thou hast spoken with Thy Word and hast commanded us with Thy commandment, ‘Over your words My Word hath precedence: and at the raising of your right hands (towards Me) My right hand will be lifted towards you. Ye will call, and I will answer you quickly. Ye will seek My hand and I will not withhold it (from) your hands.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba – chapter 76)
BABI RELIGION: “If ye seek God, it behooveth you to seek Him Whom God shall make manifest, and if ye cherish the desire to dwell in the Ark of Names, ye will be distinguished as the guides to Him Whom God shall make manifest, did ye but believe in Him.” “’Whoso maketh efforts for Us, in Our ways will We guide them.”
(Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 131 and The Bab: Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 164)
BAHA’I FAITH: “When-so-ever he hath fulfilled the conditions implied in the verse: ‘Whoso maketh efforts for Us,’ he shall enjoy the blessings conferred by the words: ‘In Our Ways shall We assuredly guide him.”’
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 266)
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 27)